Month: March 2014

March
31

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Short Term View & The Future

Whether it’s good news or bad news, it is often surprising how investors and markets react. Last week, Russia annexed Crimea and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index gained about 1.4 percent. This week, U.S. investors had the chance to bask in the glow of some good news: jobs growth was healthy, consumer spending improved…

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March
31

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Economic Notes – March 31, 2014

Economic data remained mixed, but some of the winter effects of the past few months appear to be dissipating. An important test in coming weeks/months will be how the much more extreme-than-average winter normalizes and if economic data can similarly regain better traction. Although tensions internationally seem to have cooled to a simmer, investors are continuing…

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March
31

Provided by: Jon McGraw

What is the status of the Ukraine situation? How could the various outcomes affect portfolios?

As with any geopolitical conflict, this is a fluid situation, with plenty of speculation. As we outlined a few weeks ago, the Russians have a vested interest in securing their military and economic interests in this part of the world, including a warm-water port for the Russian navy fleet, a clear path for natural gas…

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March
24

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Crimea Annexed & A Market Strategy

After a series of moves that proved far more effective, but were almost as complicated as the Acme Corporation strategies Wile E. Coyote employed in pursuit of the roadrunner, Russia dropped an anvil on Ukraine and annexed Crimea. In response, Ukraine’s acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk signed a political association agreement with the European Union…

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March
24

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Economic Notes – March 24, 2014

Just in time for spring break, last week’s economic data seem to suggest that the economy is bouncing back after two months’ of extreme weather. (-/0) Empire State Manufacturing Survey in March suggested business conditions for New York manufacturers continue to improve modestly. The general business conditions index inched up to 5.61 from February’s 4.48….

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March
19

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Fed Notes – March 19, 2014

The FOMC meeting that finished up today didn’t offer any radical changes from previous policy—this being the first with Janet Yellen as chair. Tapering of bond purchases is slated to continue, with another reduction of $10 billion per month, which takes us to a Fed purchase pace of $55 bil./month of Treasury and MBS (at…

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March
17

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Russian Impacts, Technology Adoption & Buttonwood Expansion!

Russian President Vladimir Putin sure has stirred up a hornets’ nest. Why is annexing the Crimean peninsula and, possibly, Ukraine such a priority for the Russian leader? When asked, Putin has indicated Russia’s military influence is necessary to protect Russian-speaking populations in Ukraine. However, The Economist has a different take on Putin’s actions: “Russia’s economic…

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March
17

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Economic Notes – March 17, 2014

Last weeks reports saw U.S. retail sales growth was up slightly, but one of the better performances since the fall of last year. It continues to appear that a ‘weather’ effect has taken place, but perhaps lessened in recent weeks.  Concerns over the Ukraine/Russia conflict continue, and held back market sentiment over the week as…

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March
17

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Buttonwood is Hiring!

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March
10

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Global Ruckus…

Like a diver plummeting off a cliff, markets in various parts of the world lost value last Monday as investors responded to the possibility of war between Ukraine and Russia. The New York Times said it like this: “The escalating crisis in Ukraine created turmoil in global markets on Monday, hitting stocks from Wall Street…

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